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Until We Meet Again - A One Act Play

July 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 196

Cast: Mrs. Anderson

Bob, her son

Susan, her grand daughter

Amy, her youngest grand daughter

Mr. Anderson---Deceased

Time: January 15, 1984. 20 Days Before the 55th Wedding Anniversary of Mr.and Mrs. J.D. Anderson.

Setting: A funeral home in Ft. Stockton, Texas. Coffin is located against the left wall, open. Flower arrangements are placed around the coffin, varying in style. A podium holding the Visitor's Book, is in the back of the room. A door is directly to the right of it. A couch, chair, and end table are on the other side of the room.


Mrs. Anderson

Pepa loved his granddaughter, especially you, Amy. He always bragged about 'his girl' to anyone who came by to visit.


(Trying to block the tears welling up in her eyes), I know, Mema. I loved him, so much... (tears break through. Susan takes her to the couch to comfort her.)

Henry enters the room, and takes his mother out of the room, leaving the two girls alone.


Come on, Amy, I understand, but look--(leading her back to the head of the coffin)--he is so peaceful, so happy and at rest. It appears that twenty years have been lifted from his eighty-three.


Yeah, he was in so much pain the last time I saw him. I'm so glad he didn't have to suffer through years of that pain. He is with the Lord now. Watching over us, I am sure.


Do you remember all of the things he went through to make us happy? He took us out every afternoon for ice cream.


Every evening to the park, or swimming at Comanche Springs Swimming Pool.


He taught us both to drive. Starting us out at the age of ten. We can never tell Dad the exact age he started teaching us... just in the driveway or sometimes, even around the block.


Dad always griped when he thought we were 15 when the driving lessons began.


Um-hum, but that never mattered. Anything to please his granddaughters

(effective pause before continuing)


All of those hours he would sit patiently while I learned to play solitaire and shuffle cards in a bridge, showing me, step-by-step all the way. He was such a patient man. I'm really going to miss him. Susan, I wish it didn't have to hurt so much. I just wish I could have been here to tell him I loved him, you know, at the end.


Amy, you have better things to remember. Dad has told us how bad it was, it's better for us both that we weren't here. Besides, I'll never forget the way he looked at you the last time he was able to recognize you. He smiled and reached up to tap your chin... but he didn't have the strength to finish it. Such a familiar gesture, the one he always saved for the ones he loved the most.


I almost expect him to open his eyes, reach up, tap my chin, and say 'How's... my... girl' (Amy openly cries, unable to contain her grief)

Mrs. Anderson and Henry return to the room. Amy and Susan slowly walk to the back of the room, arm and arm, trying to give their father and grandmother some privacy. They stand looking at the Visitor's Book.


Yes, mother, the director promises to remove Dad's wedding ring and Masonic Pin, as soon as the service is over.

Mrs. Anderson

Okay, son. Susan, come over here with your Mema.

Susan walks toward her grandmother and dad. She stands between the two. Amy remains at the book,

Mrs. Anderson continues

Don't you think he looks good? He looks so much better than the last time you and Amy came to see us. I'm glad you two didn't have to see him then.


So am I. That's the reason that Dad left us at home when he was contacted by Dr. Boon yesterday afternoon.


He is at peace now. He doesn't have to suffer and we don't have to worry. Heaven is a glorious place to be. I just wish we could have that luxury here on earth.

Mrs. Anderson

Susan, Amy, I want to tell you something. (Amy leaves the book and joins the other three, Mrs. Anderson continues)

Did you two know that your Mema and Pepa would have been a 55 year old married couple next month? Your dad promises that I'll be able to get his wedding band back... (her voice still has doubt as it trails off softly)


(in a comforting voice) They wouldn't try to keep it, Mema. If Daddy says he will get it for you, you know that he will.

Mrs. Anderson

(to Amy, with her arm around her waist, leading her to some of the flower arrangements) Did you see this one. It's from the hospital board. The little ice cream parlor that you girls always went to as kids even sent something nice... See? It seems that lots of people loved your Pepa as much as we did... (fading into whispers, looking at other arrangements in the room)


(to Susan gradually blocking out the conversation of Mrs. Anderson and Amy)

Your mother and I are going to stay is Ft. Stockton for a few days to get some of the financial problems straightened out. Are you still able to drive back to Waco with Amy? I don't want her to take such a long drive alone.


She seems to be doing pretty good, Dad. At least, as good as should be expected.


She is doing well, but when there is nothing but a boring road ahead of you, your mind begins to wander... If you can't go with her, your mother will.


Okay, I'll go with her Dad, but she is a 'big girl' now and after talking to her, I think she'll be fine.

(This conversation fades out with Henry glancing at his watch and shaking his head. Spot light goes back to the conversation of Mrs. Anderson and Amy)

Mrs. Anderson

I realize that you have to, but I still wish that you didn't have to go back to school. I would have you move in with me. Susan can't because of her job, and you can't because of school. That house is awfully big to live in alone. Especially when you're used to having others with you. Fifty-Five years is a long time...


You'll be alright, Mema. Besides, it won't be too long before I can come and stay with you for a few days. Mom, Dad, and Susan are all just a couple of hours away and can come to see you on a regular basis.

(Henry interrupts, looking at his watch again.)


Mother, we need to leave now. The director has to get the last minute preparations finished and we need to get back to the church.

(There is a long pause, Susan and Amy stand arm and arm, slightly back and to the left of Henry and Mrs. Anderson.)

Mrs. Anderson

Okay, son. I'm coming...

(she leans over, and kisses the late Mr. Anderson on the forehead and continues... )

Happy Anniversary, Darling. Until we meet again.


There is really no super interesting things to tell about this one act play. I recently found this while spring cleaning. I wrote this when I was 18 years old and when I found it, typed on a 'typewriter' with erasable typing paper, I decided to add it to my articles. I am interested in what others will think of this early attempt into creative writing.

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